King Abdullah and President Putin form plan for Syria

  • By Heyami Alghatta

King Abdullah of Jordan and Russian President Putin form peace plan for Syria

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King Abdullah of Jordan and Russian President Vladimir Putin held a summit meeting that focused on ways to improve bilateral ties and covered recent global and regional developments, on Wednesday in Moscow.

The Jordanian King first held a one-on-one meeting with Putin, followed by expanded talks attended by officials from the two sides, according to a Royal Court statement.
In remarks to the press ahead of the talks, the King said he was delighted to be back in Moscow and was:

“Looking very much forward to our bilateral relations and discussions this evening on many issues that Russia plays such a pivotal role [in], not only internationally but specifically in our region”.

The King said that Amman endorsed and supported the Astana Syrian peace process, adding that Jordan was “very grateful for Russia’s role in being able to do this because this will bring, I hope, an inclusive future to all Syrian people. And, again, we will work very closely with you as we progress to Geneva talks and other talks”.
King Abdullah stressed the significance of Russia’s role in regional issues:

“Without Russia, we will not be able to find solutions to not only the Syrian problem, but other regional problems in the Middle East”

King Abdullah said the challenge the two countries and the entire world face is the war on international terrorism.
“We have been speaking to many in the world that have not listened to your views and our views, but I am glad that I am here today in Moscow to share not only the friendship but the same vision of bringing stability to our region.”
For his part, Putin said he was “pleased to know that our dialogue, our engagement is that of a positive and constant context”, adding that during the King’s visit, “I am sure we will talk about the bilateral relations of ours and definitely we will discuss the regional situation with a special focus on the hotbeds of tension and emphasis on the Syrian settlement”.

Putin thanked Jordan for “backing the start of the [Syrian peace] process in Astana. Thanks to our joint efforts, there is progress in this process basing and building on the ceasefire, a very important agreement to end hostilities between the governmental and oppositional forces on the ground”.

Putin added: “Let me note and make a special point that the Astana process participants emphasise that there may and there can be no military solution to the Syrian crisis. We definitely count that the Astana talks will become a solid and good foundation for the talks to continue including in Geneva.”

Talks during the meeting covered the outcomes of the Astana conference on Syria and measures to achieve progress in the peace process, and Geneva conference.
The King and Putin highlighted the need to prepare for rebuilding the war-torn country, sustain peace and stability, and help refugees return to their country.
The two leaders also outlined the situation in Iraq and means of supporting Baghdad to reach national reconciliation, in addition to discussing regional developments and the Libyan issue.
King Abdullah said that it is not possible to deal with the Syrian conflict away from ensuring the stability of Iraq.

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